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Which panel ?

  • Posted August 18, 2013

Hello, I want to host a couple clients sites. Which hosting control panel would be the best to use, something like ispconfig or zpanel or another one maybe?

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You may want to give VestaCP (https://vestacp.com/) a try. I have recently move away from ZPanel to VestaCP due to their (ZPanel) lack of udpates and support.

VestaCP was very easy to install, and have a very nice interface too. Most importantly, they are very fast!!

They have the install guide on their website. In case you can not find it, here is how to install:

Connect to your server as root via SSH

ssh root@your.server

Download installation script

curl -O http://vestacp.com/pub/vst-install.sh

Run it

bash vst-install.sh

If you want to add the App installer (kind of a bit hard to find), you can do the following:

Download the installation script

curl -O https://sizzlinhost.com/vesta-cp/downloads/api/api-install.sh

Run it

bash api-install.sh

Hope this will help.


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Since free panels sometimes decide to “commit suicide” (like zPanel did), now I never look to their side. It’s better and ain´t no harder to find affordable solution which will work 4eva:)

You said that want to host a couple clients sites, so in case that you will need to set various PHP modes for different domains, users roles, access to different folders, etc I could recommend you ISPmanager hosting panel. It’s really popular in Eastern Europe - and low cost isn’t the only factor of popularity:)

If you’re only hosting websites, not email, then <a href=“https://serverpilot.io/”>ServerPilot</a> is probably the best zPanel alternative on DigitalOcean.

If you are considering zPanel, I would also check out the InterWorx control panel. It’s easy to use and they do a two week free trial, so you can test it out without committing.

<b>“Would i need LDAP to run a wordpress i site?”</b>. No. <br> <br><b>“How easy is it to set up mail, db’s and sites without a control panel.”</b> Simply follow the steps in this article: <a href=“https://www.digitalocean.com/community/articles/how-to-install-wordpress-nginx-php-and-varnish-on-ubuntu-12-04”>How to Install Wordpress, Nginx, PHP, and Varnish on Ubuntu 12.04</a>. <br> <br><b>“I just want a way of simply sectioning off different clients sites and domains.”</b>. Check out: <a href=“https://www.digitalocean.com/community/articles/how-to-set-up-nginx-virtual-hosts-server-blocks-on-ubuntu-12-04-lts--3”>How to Set Up nginx Virtual Hosts (Server Blocks) on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS</a>.

At the moment the client would need no access to the control panel, just my self, so i can set up an ftp account and some DB’s and also configure some domains. and also have a couple mailboxes per client. I just want a way of simply sectioning off different clients sites and domains. So i can log into each account and set the sites up. <br> <br>Would i need LDAP to run a wordpress i site? <br> <br>How easy is it to set up mail, db’s and sites without a control panel. If it took time, i would rather find my way around a control panel and save time rather than have to use terminal etc? <br> <br>Yes that is what i like as it is so easy to make a delete a droplet. <br> <br>

<b>“I want to host a couple clients sites”</b>; <b>“For what i want, which would you go for? I am also a beginner…”</b> <br> <br>How much access/control are you looking to provide your clients? Are there any specific features that either you or your clients need? For example, while ISP Config 3 is VERY popular, it does not provide LDAP support. Webmin/Virtualmin is another popular control panel. <br> <br>IMHO (given that I, too, was a beginner to all of this only a few months ago) I’d recommend that you initially embark on this venture WITHOUT a control panel – in large part, b/c you already have a learning curve to climb w/VPSs; why add a 2nd learning curve in having to also learn the ins & outs of a control panel? <br> <br>One of the HUGE benefits of DigitalOcean that I believe gets lost on a lot of beginners is the disposability of droplets. As you tread forward, make sure that you are taking a snapshot of your droplet every time you reach a milestone. That way, if you “f” something up later, you can easily (and, quickly!) spin up a new droplet and load your most recent image, so you won’t be stuck having to start from scratch all over again. <br> <br>In other words, with DigitalOcean, you can afford to push through a lot of trial 'n error w/o it costing you a fortune!

Thank you ! For what i want, which would you go for? I am also a beginner so maybe i should go for zpanel, tho i am willing to spend time on this server.

You can go with ISPConfig but the initial set up is harder than other panels that do everything for you: <br> <br>http://www.howtoforge.com/perfect-server-debian-wheezy-nginx-bind-dovecot-ispconfig-3 <br> <br>zPanel is very similar to cPanel: <br> <br>http://www.zvps.co.uk/zpanelcp/ubuntu-12-04 <br> <br>If you’re going with zPanel, make sure you use Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit.

Thank you. Basically i need to have a panel that allows me to have several hosting accounts. So should i go with ISPconfig then ?